Staff Picks: 6 Scary Games You Should Play

Happy Halloween! Now that the best holiday of the year is here, it's time to check out some scary and generally creepy games.

Published: October 31, 2016 1:00 PM /



Happy Halloween! Last week we suggested some games you should play to get into the Halloween mood, and now that the best holiday of the year is here, it's time to check out some scary and generally creepy games.

Claire: Extended Cut

Claire: Extended Cut is a 2D horror game that does atmosphere better than most 3D games can manage. It's one of those games that always keeps you on edge, that there's always something terrifying behind the next corner. Even when you you think you're safe, the game's horrible shadow monsters will find a way to get you, smashing doors and teleporting to you. It may not have the big production values of other horror games, but it does so much with so little to the point where some nights I didn't want to pick it up at all. —Samuel Guglielmo


Yomawari: Night Alone

Yomawari: Night Alone manages to strike a balance of being equal parts beautiful and terrifying. Set in the middle of the night in a foggy Japanese town crawling with deadly spirits, Yomawari tasks the player with exploring the night, solving puzzles and avoiding enemies as they search for their sister who has disappeared while searching for the families dog. The artistic work of Yu Mizukami brings the hand-drawn world of Yomawari to life, horrors and all. —James Galizio


P.T.  (Silent Hills)

P.T. is the demo for the ill fated joint effort of acclaimed game director Hideo Kojima and legendary film director Guillermo Del Toro. P.T. or Playable Teaser, was originally intended to be a demo for an upcoming Silent Hill game in which the player is tasked with walking down a repeating hall all while being told the story of a grizzly murder by the use of the radio, the environment, and the player's own expectations.  While the game captured the imaginations and lived in the nightmares of many, it was unfortunately put to pasture after Kojima severed ties with its publisher Konami.  Now all that exists is an undownloadable demo for quite possibly the most unsettling and scary game ever made. Look behind you —Nick Maillet



Outlast is a survival horror game in the same vein as Amnesia, where your only option to get through a deadly asylums is to run and hide. Outlast perfects the idea that fear is born from having no way to defend yourself. The story is where it shines, though, putting you in the shoes of a normal person and introducing him to a variety of interesting villains, accompanied by some fantastic voice acting. It pulls no punches and gleefully depicts some pretty horrific imagery. On top of that, it has some awesome DLC, Whistleblower, which tells its own parallel story with all new characters. —Kindra Pring


Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly

Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly is a haunting remake that not only keeps true to the original game but also adds some new worthwhile features.  The backstory of each terrifying ghost encounter is amplified by its exceptional mood and sense of tension.  Armed with a camera, Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly is definitely one of the most memorable horror games ever made. Needless to say, it's an absolute must-play horror game! —Connor Foss


Emily Wants To Play

Emily Wants To Play puts you in the shoes of a pizza guy just wanting to finish his last delivery and call it a night, but as you step into your last house to get out of the rain, the door slams behind you—big mistake. You've now got to survive through the night as more and more dolls begin to attack you, each with their own pattern of how to avoid them. If you don't do what they want, it will be the end for you. Not only is this game terrifying to play in a well lit room, but with a new VR update there is no escape from the dolls. The way that the dolls will run and jump on you is already scary enough due to their models, but knowing you have to stare evil in the face adds a whole other level. —Andrew Stretch

Happy Halloween! Stay safe and dont park on any graves or anything.

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